Real Housewives of New York star Sonja Morgan is speaking out after reports claim she is broke and was forced to sell her homes after her bankruptcy. Morgan blames her RHONY co-stars for exploiting her financial issues.
“Broke as a joke?! I am in a Chapter 11 reorganization, I am not in a Chapter 7 which is a liquidation,” Morgan told RadarOnline. “To say I am broke while I am working and my daughter [Quincy, 13] is thriving under such immense pressure is unfair.”
“My co-stars this last season have added insult to injury by exploiting words such as ‘bankruptcy’ and ‘bank’ when there are no banks involved in my case,” Sonja explains. “I own my properties free and clear. I did always plan to sell my house in France if needed, as Heather [Thompson] and Ramona [Singer] both knew.”
Sonja was married to John Adams Morgan, the great-grandson of famous financier JP Morgan. She recently sold her holiday home in the South of France under the watchful eye of a trustee in her bankruptcy case. Preparations for the sale forced her to miss Thompson’s anniversary bash, which played out on RHONY.
“I texted Heather to let her know I would not be at her anniversary party and to let her know I was going to France expressly to open my home to prepare it for sale and simultaneously look for financing in Switzerland on the French home to satisfy part of the $7 million business debt,” Sonja explained. “For her to say at her anniversary party that she is disappointed I was not there was disingenuous because she answered me ‘No problem, see you when you get back.’”
Sonja continues, “For Ramona to say I was bankrupt and losing my house was obviously her being distracted with her own worries since she knew I was in the process of selling France and I can always get financing on the New York home since I own it free and clear!”
“I always had conversations with my neighbor personally about buying my property. What neighbor in the South of France doesn’t want another slice of paradise to grow their family dynasty?” Morgan said of the sale, which had been in the works for two years. “I also had two other buyers I called personally. I did not need a broker to sell my home, nor did I need a trustee to sell my home to my neighbor or my friends. Saying I am desperate and had no control is ridiculous. I had no problem selling my house in France. If I were broke they would have liquidated me years ago!”
Sonja reveals she IS still living in her townhouse in Manhattan. “I am living in my townhouse in Manhattan and paying the bills every month and supporting my daughter after my divorce with no divorce settlement,” she said. “That means I am personally working and supporting my properties in New York, France and elsewhere. If one doesn’t do that, you don’t get to reorganize and pay your debt.”
“I want to move on with my life, settle my business debt because I have so many personal opportunities and this stress has been weighing on me and my daughter. It’s too much,” she said. “She’s so innocent and she has so much to enjoy in life. Every night at dinner she has to hear ‘are we going to have a house to live in in New York?’ I’ve never lived in fear and I am going to continue to create a successful life. Everything I ever dreamed and set my mind to has come true.”
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